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Submissions for MLA News personals should be directed to Laurie L. Thompson, AHIP, FMLA.

Julie K. Gaines, head of the Georgia Regents University-University of Georgia (GRU-UGA) Medical Partnership Library, and colleagues from the GRU-UGA Medical Partnership, the University of Central Florida, and the Association of American Medical Colleges won the 2014 Outstanding Presentation Award for Medical Education Scholarship Research and Education at this year’s Southern Group on Educational Affairs Regional Conference in Miami, FL. The presentation, a small group discussion titled “Scholarly Collaboration at a Distance: The Potentials and Challenges of Web-based Solutions for Establishing Peer-to-Peer Networking and Communities of Practice,” revolved around identifying and analyzing platforms that medical educators and researchers can use to collaborate remotely (e.g., Google Hangout and Zotero). Gaines and her collaborators used their research about web-based platforms for remote collaboration and lessons learned from the University of Central Florida’s Research Network Initiative to inform and provide examples for the small group discussion.

Ruth Holst, AHIP, FMLA, retired from her position as associate director of the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) at the end of May 2014. Before joining the GMR in 2002, she worked as a hospital librarian at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee, WI, for thirty-two years. During her twelve years in the GMR, Holst administered the budget and programming for the NN/LM regional office, which is located in the University of Illinois–Chicago Library of the Health Sciences. Under her leadership, the GMR expanded outreach to a broader range of health professionals, enhanced health literacy programming for public libraries and other consumer-focused organizations, and advocated for hospital librarians by increasing professional development activities and funding opportunities.

Holst joined MLA in 1974 and has served on dozens of association committees and working groups over the past forty years. She was the first hospital librarian to present the Janet Doe Lecture (1990) and chaired the MLA Task Force on Expert Searching (2001–2004), including editorial responsibilities for the Journal of the Medical Library Association symposium on expert searching published in January 2005. Holst served on the MLA Board of Directors from 2001–2004 and again from 2009–2012. She became an MLA fellow in 2002 and served as MLA president in 2010/11.

Holst promoted NN/LM partnerships with MLA by having the GMR cosponsor two MLA institutes on web-based instruction in 2006 and 2008 and by facilitating the MLA–National Library of Medicine (NLM) joint effort to create the Disaster Information Specialization program during her term as MLA president. She served on the NLM Biomedical Library Review Committee (1996–2000) and the NLM Long Range Planning Panel 2: NLM Health Information for the Underserved and Diverse Populations in the 21st Century (2005–2006).

Holst looks forward to traveling with her husband and spending time with her daughter, who lives in Iowa.

Lucretia W. McClure, AHIP, FMLA, was honored on June 5, 2014, by the Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries, who presented her with the prestigious Robert F. Metzdorf Award. The award is named for Metzdorf, one of the university’s most respected scholars, a nationally known bibliographer, and an appraiser of rare books and manuscripts. It has been presented since 1993 to “those who distinguished themselves with contributions and meritorious service to the Libraries.”



Evelyn Breck Morgen, AHIP, retired as director, Lyman Maynard Stowe Library, University of Connecticut–Farmington, on July 1, 2014. Morgen arrived in Connecticut from Boston, MA, in 1981 knowing very little about medicine or health sciences libraries, and started her new career as library director at Middlesex Hospital in June 1981. She left Middlesex to join UConn Health in 2001. She oversaw extensive library renovations at both Middlesex and UConn.

Morgen has ridden the wave of technology that has swept over libraries, making them more accessible, more relevant, and sources of essential knowledge. Recent webinars about librarians and electronic health records have convinced her that librarians will need to be involved in decisions about evidence-based resources at the point of care. As medical and dental school programs are flipping the classrooms and needing a “guide by the side” instead of a “sage on the stage,” she sees librarians as essential guides. Morgen departs with the “librarian’s prayer,” which she first heard in the early 1980s: “Please keep me from doing perfectly that which doesn’t need to be done at all.” Do new things instead!

Morgen looks forward to spending more time traveling with her husband and in her “beautiful but neglected” gardens overlooking the Connecticut River.

Tanya Shkolnikov, AHIP, education and reference librarian, Daniel Carroll Payson Medical Library, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY, won the North Shore-LIJ Health System Department of Medicine’s award for Outstanding Contribution and Dedication to House Staff Education. This is the first time a North Shore-LIJ education award has been presented to a librarian. Shkolnikov’s award, in the tradition of best mentor, was voted on by all residents in the combined North Shore-LIJ Medicine Residency Program.

Martin Wood, AHIP, has been named director of the Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library at the Florida State University College of Medicine–Tallahassee. In addition, Wood has been promoted to associate university librarian. Wood graduated from Florida State University, twice, where he acquired a bachelor of science degree in mass communication and a degree as master of library and information studies. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

After years of experience with the Florida Center for Prevention Research and in the Global Research Library for Franklin Templeton Investments, a Fortune 500 company, Wood brought his skills in technology, business, communications, education, and research to the Maguire Medical Library. Wood started at the College of Medicine in 2009 as the head of electronic resources and technical services, and shifted the library’s definition of “collection” to focus on those electronic resources with the greatest potential for positive impact on patients at the point of care. He was promoted to assistant director of the medical library in 2012, and then interim director in March of 2014, overseeing electronic resources, collection development, scholarly communications and open access publishing, systems, web services, and public services.

With a diverse background over the past two decades in libraries, technology, education, government, and business, Wood has established himself as a frontrunner in the medical library field and is a staunch advocate for information at the point of care. Complementing his leadership of the Maguire Medical Library team, Wood was elected and served as the president of the Florida Health Sciences Library Association in 2012/13 and has been the chair of both the Strategic Planning and Nominating Committees in FHSLA. Wood is a senior member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) and represents Florida State University as a member of the Florida Collaboration of Academic Libraries of Medicine (FCALM), Southern Chapter of MLA (SC/MLA), Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries (CONBLS), and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL).

In addition to his accomplishments in the medical library field, Wood is also a leader and outspoken advocate for people living with diabetes, and serves at the local, state, national, and international levels to improve the lives of people with chronic conditions. Wood is a well-known blogger and patient advocate in the diabetes community, and was recently appointed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) International Type 1 Diabetes Voices Council in Washington, DC. He is also a faculty advisor for the Students with Diabetes organization, which aims to create a community and connection point for young adults with diabetes on both college campuses and in local communities across the country.